THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Boris Mikhailov

BORN 1938 | KHARKOV, UKRAINE

 



Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

Untitled, from the series Case History, 1997–98
C-print
50 x 73 ½ inches
Edition of 5
Fractional and promised gift of Beth and Anthony Terrana


This photograph is part of Mikhailov’s Case History series (1997–98), which documents the homeless community that appeared after the end of Communism in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. Printed at nearly life size, the artist confronts the viewer with his subject’s grim reality. Mikhailov, whose career has run parallel to the height, decline, and fall of the Soviet Union and its aftermath, is considered one of the most influential living photographers. His exhibition at the ICA in 2004 was the artist’s first retrospective in the United States.

 

 

Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

Untitled, from the series Case History, 1997–98
C-print
50 x 73 ½ inches 
Edition of 5
Fractional and promised gift of Steve Corkin


Another photograph from the Case History series, this image seems more light-hearted than many others in the series. The woman’s amused smirk and the child’s sweet, familiar smile suggest that, despite the brutality of their circumstances, their humanity has not been lost. Mikhailov’s photographs unflinchingly archive a community and expose a reality that most do not see or would rather ignore.
 

 

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